Modern decision-making in the public sector

Jolanta Buškevičiūtė, Alvydas Raipa


In the public sector, the decision-making process is multidimensional. The methodological framework for all decision-making theories is the rationalist tradition, according to which mankind is inherently rational and seeks to maximize its goals. The proponents of the main decision-making theories—the rationalcomprehensive theory, the incremental theory and the mixed scanning theory—seek to argue in favour of their postulated values and the approaches to avoid unnecessary risks of the decision-making process. Those theories are aimed at promoting innovative solutions in the new public management environment. To improve the decision-making process, it is necessary to improve the management of information flows which would allow an accurate and objective information analysis by distorting the information necessary for decision-making.


sector; decision-making; decision-making theory; rationality; citizen participation; political support

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603